Bronxville News

11 Students Selected for Area All-State Music Ensembles
Bronxville, NY

A group of talented Bronxville High School students have been invited to perform with Westchester County School Music Association’s Area All-State music ensembles at the 2018 festival concert, to be held on Nov. 8 at SUNY Purchase. 

Performing with the string orchestra are junior Sofia Ricciarini (violin) and sophomores Patrick Bird (string bass) and Eve Sullivan (viola). They will present a performance of “Finale from Sinfonia for Strings” by William Eckfeld and “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Performing with the symphony orchestra are juniors Justin Barr (viola), Sabrina Mellinghoff (cello) and Sasha Paradise (cello) and sophomore George Daher (violin). They will perform “Zampa Overture” by Ferdinand Hérold, “Komm, susser Tod” by Johann Sebastian Bach and Leopold Stokowski and “Prelude to Die Meistersinger” by Richard Wagner. 

Senior Sophia Sulimirski (oboe) will perform with the band a repertoire of “Symphony No. 1” by Johan de Meij, “Riften Wed” by Julie Giroux, “Candide Suite” by Leonard Bernstein and Clare Grundman, and “Camerado” by Michael Markowski. 

Senior Matthew Pytosh (baritone) and sophomore Izaak Thoms (bass) were selected to perform with the mixed chorus. They will perform “God of Life” by Franz Joseph Haydn and Robert Scholz, “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo, “Ride the Chariot” by William Melton and “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon and Craig Hella Johnson. 

Senior Lily Vorbach (soprano) will perform with the women’s chorus a repertoire of “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Bennet and Russell Robinson, “Songbird” by Sarah Quartel, “Amani, A Song of Peace” by Jim Papoulis, “Praise His Holy Name” by Keith Hampton and “Oseh Shalom” by Adam Paltrowitz.

“Being selected to participate in an Area All-State music ensemble is a significant accomplishment that affords students the opportunity to perform challenging works under the direction of exceptional conductors,” orchestra director Denise Lutter said. “The music faculty is proud of the students’ achievements.” 

Performers were chosen by the Westchester County School Music Association on the basis of auditions at last spring’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival. During the audition, the students sight-read, play scales and perform a solo from NYSSMA’s most challenging Level Six repertoire. WCSMA, which is the county arm of NYSSMA, sponsors the Area All-State Festival each year for eligible Westchester sophomores, juniors and seniors.